SARN – to conference 2021*/22

25.–14.05.2022
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Event title

Traversing Topologies: Imagining worlds and knowledge with/through artistic research

Event dates

23rd – 25th September 2021

SARN - TO CONFERENCE 2021 *has been re-organized and partially re-scheduled (postponed)

Please SAVE THE FOLLOWING DATES:

  • Launch: September 25 2021
  • Extended Programme: May 12–14 2022

***UPDATE: “To conference” in the realm of artistic research means finding a way to get together, sharing experiences, approaches, methods, processes and results.
As an experimental form of conferencing, "Traversing Topologies, Imagining worlds and knowledge with/through artistic research” is concieved with and through artistic research approaches and methods. Our aim is to provide a landscape to meet beyond the surface of standardised institutional and conference landscapes. We want to provide a form of exchange which lets us dive into deeper levels of artistic knowledge examination and production. As many events and projects have been postponed due to the global (post-)pandemic conditions, a dense event line-up is scheduled for autumn 2021. To do justice to our interesting topic and to an organisational framework with challenging temporal, conceptual, and geographic conditions, we’ve decided to postpone and reorganise the first proposed schedule of SARN to conference 2021.


We will now launch the project "Traversing Topologies, Imagining worlds and knowledge with/through artistic research" with a one day prelude at the HSLU in Lucerne on September 25 2021, leading to a 3-day festival-like conference from 12–14 May 2022. In this way we and our contributors all gain more time for preparation and we hope to thus be able to facilitate a more process-driven approach towards the main meeting, with movements in real space and/with time from May 12 - 14 2022. From September 25 2021 onward, we plan to accompany and document some of the developing projects on our website until their presentation in May 2022.

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Topology, lexical definitions:
- the relationships between positions of geo objects
- an organizational principle of traffic-related spatial planning
- the philosophical theory of place or field
- in mathematics, the study of continuity and continuous deformation,

of properties such as dimension, compactness, and connectedness

Topology is to an equal extent an over- and under-determined topos. It exists nearly independently in various individual disciplines, refers foremost descriptively to the arrangement of things in space-time, takes the surface as its point of departure and seems to be an optimal location for carrying out seemingly objective measurements, rather than being perceived as a formable matrix.

In addition to this unspecific array, in recent decades a number of metaphors and figures of thought committed to topology have emerged, whose omnipresence indicate the potentiality and actuality of the reference. Word pictures like ‘mapping’, ‘contact zone’ (Marie-Louise Pratt), ‘network’, ‘traveling concepts’ (Mieke Bal) and ‘heterotopia’ (Michel Foucault) have suggested ways in which topological relations could be productively, politically and speculatively oriented towards the future, rather than being thought strictly in analytical terms. These metaphors stand for the self-confident definition of figures of thought which pro- actively reach beyond disciplinary barriers in order to arrive at a more complex understanding of the arrangements that make up current societies; one which integrates different forms

of knowledge. In fact, these space- and classification-traversing connections have long been a political reality: the phenomena of climate crisis and migration flows are just as closely interwoven as gigantic data stores with local working conditions, or global cartographies with economic profit.

The conference highlights the potential to develop thinking and acting in complex topological-relational networks. It seeks proposals, statements, perspectives and speculations for the intersection of existing knowledge spaces. Superficial cartographies of order are to be unsettled and re-mapped, subjectivized toward the layers that underlie them.

Topology is to an equal extent an over- and under-determined topos. It exists nearly independently in various individual disciplines, refers foremost descriptively to the arrangement of things in space-time, takes the surface as its point of departure and seems to be an optimal location for carrying out seemingly objective measurements, rather than being perceived as a formable matrix. The conference highlights the potential to develop thinking and acting in complex topological-relational networks. It seeks proposals, statements, perspectives and speculations for the intersection of existing knowledge spaces. Superficial cartographies of order are to be unsettled and re-mapped, subjectivized toward the layers that underlie them.